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To everyone out there fighting fires;
keep safe and take good care of yourself and each other. 
The nomination period for new members of the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) board of directors opens Aug. 1. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 30 and successful candidates will begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1. Members who meet the requirements may self-nominate. There are five board positions open for the three-year term from 2022 through 2024.

Current board of directors

 
 
July Ignite Talk - Fitness and Wellness for Performance in Wildland Fire Fighting

Each month, IAWF offers an ignite talk on important topics around workforce resilience. Here is a sneak peek at some upcoming topics:

  • August: Current events and emerging best practices on diversity and inclusion 

  • September: Dan Cable, The power of purpose 

  • October: Cultural use of fire and traditional ecological knowledge

  • November: Trans Awareness Month

  • December: The 2021 fire season – Transitioning from fire life/fire family to everyday life (partners, kids, self-care)

Recordings of previous talks 

Kylie Paul is the superintendent of Juliet Crew, the first and only all-women wildland firefighting crew in South Africa. Between Feb. 21 and March 3, the Western Cape of South Africa experienced a large wildfire in the Overberg and Cape Winelands District Municipalities. Juliet Crew was deployed over three separate operational periods, each a minimum of 24 hours. The crew was trooped into the fire by both the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) Oryx and Leading Edge Aviation – South Africa’s Huey provider. For most of the crew this was their first time flying. Most had never even been in an airplane. Read Paul’s detailed first-person narrative

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How can diverse disciplines make sense of the complex problem of wildfire? What are some ways that professionals in disaster resilience, land-use planning, building design, construction, and insurance become involved in a national policy push to end the destruction of communities by wildfire? These were the questions that two national organizations set out to answer in separate podcasted interviews with Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildfire division director and IAWF secretary, about Outthink Wildfire™, NFPA’s wildfire policy initiative launched earlier this year.

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USFS Chief Vicki Christiansen's 2021 Wildfire Priority Letter was released July 14. Christiansen expects demand for resources to outpace availability, and our workforce remains fatigued and in need of recovery following last year's record-setting fire season, and active hurricane season, and strenuous efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Christiansen says we must focus our limited resources on places that need the most help. 

Read the full letter. 

The largest wildfire in the United States grew Wednesday as smoke from dozens of blazes in the west spread across the country, leading to hazy skies as far east as Boston and New York City.

Oregon's massive Bootleg Fire, at 616 square miles, was 32 per cent contained as of Wednesday morning. The fire has ravaged the southern part of the state, expanding by up to four miles a day, pushed by gusting winds and critically dry weather that turned trees and undergrowth into a tinderbox.

Bootleg Fire Information

A main requirement for extinguishing large forest fires is the availability of water supply points. A team of researchers looks at whether the Czech Republic has enough water to fight forest fires and whether these water supply points are distributed so that all forest stands will have enough water nearby to fight fires.

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Presented by International Association of Wildland Fire in partnership with the Wildland Fire Leadership Council and its western, southeastern and northeastern regional strategy committees, the workshop will be a hybrid in-person / virtual event Registration is now open!

In-person registration includes admission to all sessions, a field trip Wednesday afternoon, and social activities. Participants will also have access to all recorded sessions post-workshop.
Virtual registration includes admission to all sessions and social networking opportunities. Participants will also have access to all recorded sessions post-workshop.
Register Today
Begin planning to attend the Fire & Climate Conference in Pasadena, California and/or Melbourne, Australia.  Mark your calendars, add to your list of conferences in 2022, add to your budget, and begin seeking approval to travel.  You will not want to miss this conference.

Conference Webpage
You are invited to submit an abstract to one of the Fire and Smoke Science sessions at AGU Fall Meeting. 

The deadline to submit is August 4th. 

See list of sessions.
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